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Is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu the Best Martial Art?

Is Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) the best martial art? Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a very effective martial art and an essential part of modern MMA. I would consider it to be one of the best martial arts, if not the best. Below I have listed reasons why BJJ, in my opinion, is one of the best martial arts out there.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is effective against bigger opponents

BJJ is effective against bigger opponents as well. If you find yourself in a fist fight, it is much harder to beat them with punches if they are  a lot bigger than you.

Afterall, no matter how large your opponent is, they can be choked or joint locked and this way end the fight. Their joints work the same and their bloodstreams work the same. If you know how to perform different chokes and locks, they can be done no matter how big your opponent is.

I am not saying it is easy, but I would say you have higher chances of beating them with techniques than with strength and punches.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is based on techniques, not as much on strength

BJJ is a technique sport. This is how you can beat bigger opponents, not with strength, but by getting them to make a mistake and making them tap out.

When training BJJ, try to use as little strength as possible. Focus on perfecting your techniques instead of relying on pure force to defeat your opponent.

You can compete in Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournaments

Another thing that makes BJJ so appealing is the tournaments. This can be one motivator for training BJJ. Tournaments are a great way to really see your performance, on top of the belt colors.

Knowing a tournament is coming is a good way to get that extra boost of motivation to train, and can be used as a benchmark for your progress.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is good for self-defense

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is also good for self-defense, if you ever find yourself in a situation where running is not an option.

BJJ focuses on taking the fight to the ground, where punching and kicking is more difficult. Also, when you take the fight to the ground on purpose, the risk of hitting your head to the ground is lower.

Most of the damage in street fights comes from punches, kicks and hitting your head. If you intentionally take the fight to the ground, chances for serious or lethal damage to your head are lower.

More about BJJ for self-defense in this post.

What makes Brazilian jiu-jitsu so effective?

BJJ is so effective due to its reliance on techniques instead of the usage of force. This allows smaller competitors to beat bigger opponents that are stronger.

BJJ also teaches you to control other people. If you find yourself in a situation where someone is very aggressive, BJJ offers multiple options to take them to the ground and hold them there, until you get backup from other people or police.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is very beginner friendly

You can start training BJJ, no matter your age, physical condition or background in martial arts. The starter courses are very beginner-friendly, and they explain everything why it works.

You don’t have to be in perfect shape to start training BJJ. It can be used as a way to lose weight while doing something fun. More about BJJ as a workout in this post.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is very popular

BJJ is a popular sport for a reason. A benefit that comes from BJJ being so popular is that BJJ gyms can be found all around the world.

Internet is also full of different tutorials and videos on different BJJ techniques that you can watch and learn, even from home. More about learning BJJ from home in this post.

Final thoughts

So, is BJJ the best, most effective martial art? The real answer is that it depends on your personal needs and preferences. BJJ does not have punches and kicks, since it focuses mostly on ground fighting.

That being said, if you want to train a martial art that has punches and/or kicks, BJJ might not be the best option.

However, for grappling and wrestling purposes, BJJ is a great option. It is popular for a good reason. In my biased opinion, BJJ is one of the best martial arts out there.

Hopefully this was helpful to you, have a nice day.


What is Brazilian jiu-jitsu?

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art that focuses on ground fighting. This means it focuses on taking the fight to the ground and finishing the fight with joint locks or chokeholds. Brazilian jiu-jitsu was developed around 1920’s, and was modified from judo. Nowadays, Brazilian jiu-jitsu is an essential martial art for MMA.

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